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    I suspect our property management company of skimming money.

    For months I have been asking for financials but always an excuse as to why they are not available. This is a 55 and over community which has a master budget and a sub budget. The sub-budget covers 24 condos and the master budget covers 255 single family homes. The assessments for the condos are based on the square footage of each unit. (I assume this is standard for condos?) And then the assessments for the homes are fee simple. Money is transferred from the sub budget to the master for common expenses-pool, clubhouse, front gate ect. The management company has separate contracts for both budgets. There's also two contracts for the landscape company. (we use the same one) There are line items on the master budget in which the condo owners do not get any value for--for instance pressure washing. Our assessments are sent to a PO Box in another city and the management company told me it was a bank but would not give me the name of the bank. Also I cannot get audits even though its required to be done every year. I went to the management office trying to find out why the condos assessments were increased by 18.99% but single family were increased only 6.02%. I was told there figures are different than mine and she would send them to me. But I was in her office. Also was told their financials are hard to understand because the HOA is a non profit. Condo residents are paying $125.00 to $225.00 more a month(depends on size of unit) than the homes and I am told that's just the way it is and leave it alone and enjoy the rest of my life--HUH? I've been told this is none of my business, to leave things alone ect. I will not be bullied. I'm at the point where I believe there is fraud. Its hard to believe my state government turns the other way warn it comes to these homeowner associations. I'm frustrated and need guidance. Thanks everyone for your input.


    Must over 55 condo association make room for younger residents?

    mean-old-manWe live in an over 55 condo association in Florida. I was told that all over 55 communities by law must make available a certain percentage of units for under 55 residents and disabled. Is this true?

    51 year old getting evicted from 55+ community

    My son who is 51 and disabled lives in a condo whose rules are a minimum of 55. However, he did not lie, told them the truth and received approval for one year. He naturally assumed there would be no problem staying but now they are trying to evict him for being underage. Do we have an argument to prevent his eviction?

    Can our HOA convert to adult 55+ community?

    Can our HOA convert to an adult, 55 year and older community? If so, what does it take to do that in PA (Pennsylvania)? We have both quad carriage and patio (townhouses) homes.


    Can Texas condo association go 55+ ?

    I live in a condo community (Texas) and our Declaration or Bylaws do not specifically state restrictions to over 55. If we comply with the 80/20 rules can we put language into our Declaration restricting our HOA to over 55 only?  


    Ohio condo owner's neighbor is a junk collector

    I am a officer of a small condo association in Ohio. We have no major problems, no rentals. One owner has a "friend" who collects junk and is bringing it to her unit and storing it in her garage. Two cars, not running, and lots and lots of junk. We told her once and she swore it wouldn't happen again, but its starting again. She keeps the door down now, but I've seen them putting stuff in the garage when it gets dark. Any ideas?


    Massachusetts condo association has some garbage problems

    We live in a small over 55 condo community consisting of 58 homes in Massachusetts. The association had paid the town for our rubbish bags and recycle boxes were free. Two years ago the town raised the price of the bags from $2.50 to $3 per bag and recycle barrels would cost of $75 per year. ($6.50 per month) You do not have to recycle. Everything can be put into the $3 bags.

    The Owner/Manager was going to be in charge of the garbage and collect it himself. He would not charge anymore than his $50.00 per house per month fee. We were told this was to save money and later to avoid protest they said they would have to raise the condo fee if we did not have the garbage here. Not too much community support since they do not have to view the garbage daily as we do. The nearest home is 100 feet from the two dumpsters. There is no space to put up any barriers other than a gate that you can see through. The road the garbage trucks use is 18 from their side door. One garbage truck for each dumpster and Tuesday mornings, we all have to endure the sight and sound of the garbage being dumped here.

    We find this intolerable and although I have protested for the entire time, they are now not going to entertain any further discussion of this matter. They hired a lawyer to come to a meeting to tell me that “the Committee can do anything that they want”. The garbage dumpsters will be very evident to anyone wishing to purchase our homes. I do not feel that our group of 5 houses in the area should be responsible for the financial health of the Community.

    Not part of the question but just an added bit... When we purchased our lot, the road at the other end of the street was closed off and not paved. The leaching field was there and we assumed the entire operation would be there. We learned a year later, when we saw sewer trucks lined up outside our home, that the sewer entrance was 40 feet from the house at the end of the road now next to the garbage. We were not told that this was a planned maintenance area. What do you do when you are 70 and can’t think of moving again? We stayed and made peace with the situation but adding the garbage to this is too much. We blame ourselves for lack of due diligence but it never occurred to us that you would sell a home and charge a condo fee and end up next to the sewer. Our Owner/Manager has the snow removal contract. We are the gift that never stops giving.  Is there any help for us to be rid of the garbage?


    Do New Jersey adult communities have a different set of HOA rules?

    Are there any Federal or New Jersey State laws restricting Home Owner Association (HOA) budgets in adult communities?


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